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El Matador State Beach

32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California USA

Free to Visit
Open Now
Wed 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
  • No Public
  • No Wifi
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“filled with "pocket beaches"”

Located between Leo Carrillo and Point Dume State Beaches, Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach is made up of a number of cove or cliff-foot strands known as "pocket beaches" along the west end of the city of Malibu.  There are signs on Pacific Coast Highway with the names of the beaches: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador. Each of these three small beaches are a jewel unto themselves. These beaches can be crowded during the summer, however during the off season, they offer a perfect opportunity to experience solitude at its finest.

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Anna Hider

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July 01, 2014

Much less crowded than most other beaches. Plus, you can sort of find your own nook/niche down the beach and it's relatively private. If you're bringing a cooler of snacks and stuff, be warned that there's a bit of a hike down to the beach.

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July 23, 2014

Beautiful beach with rocks and coves. Parking is way overpriced if you use the lot, so park on the street.

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  • Road Warrior
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October 04, 2014
Rated 5.0

El Matador place is great for private escapes!Just park your car wherever you find free space at the street and get ready to go down!!

The cliffs might be a bit dangerous if you are an amateur on hiking so take this in mind and wear some proper shoes. Do not worry as you will take them off as soon as you get close to the water.

The beach looks like a small gulf surrounded by waves but not allowing any to get there.

Crystal clear water, magnificent views, some food (bring from home) and there you go, you can easily spend your day joyfully!

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El Matador State Beach

32215 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California
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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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